The Interface Between the Psychodynamic and Behavioral Therapies

Part of the series Critical Issues in Psychiatry pp 363-377

The New Sex Therapy

Basic Principles of Sex Therapy
  • Helen Singer Kaplan

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The following chapter from Helen Singer Kaplan’s superb book, The New Sex Therapy, illustrates the basic principles which underlie her approach to the treatment of patients with sexual dysfunctions utilizing a method which is both dynamically and behaviorally sophisticated. Her approach is flexible, combining conjoint and individual psychotherapy with the systematic prescription of sexual experiences. In this sense it uses a “behavioral” methodology, guided by the therapist’s sensitive awareness to the underlying psychodynamic conflicts and processes involved in the development of symptoms, the meaning of these symptoms relative to the couple’s interpersonal relatedness, and the response to therapeutic intervention.